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Recipes The Best Salad Ingredients  

Chef Jen
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The very best salad ingredients, be them veggies, cheese, meats or other items, are the essential components that when combined transform the individual items into a real salad. Alone, these items are all delicious, but when you add them together and toss them with a delicious salad dressing, a yummy salad is created.

In fact it's the salad ingredients or toppings that distinguish one salad from another. Take the Caesar salad for instance and it's traditional toppings of Parmesan cheese, romaine lettuce, croutons and a garlicky dressing. Greek salads are the same with the likes of feta cheese, tomatoes, onions, pickled beets, peperoncini peppers, cucumbers and an olive oil-oregano dressing making these individual items combine to create something better than the sum of the original parts.

Whether you're a fan of traditional salads like the Waldorf or the classic cobb or just a simple garden salad with lettuce, tomato and dressing, it's safe to assume we can all agree that the ingredients make the salad. We've all seen the salad bars stocked with a wide variety of vegetables, cheeses, meats, nuts and dressings, and just as there are endless options for salad toppings, there are endless combinations for which to create out own definition of a perfect salad.

Perhaps that flexibility and the fact that there is no wrong way to make a salad, is what makes salad a wonder food. As an added bonus, for the most part, unless you pick fatty dressings and high-calorie toppings, salads are also healthy. That's a double bonus if we ever saw one.

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Lettuce is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients

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Cucumber is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients

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Cheese is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients

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Tomato is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients

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Carrot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients

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Spinach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients

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Crouton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
cdu827 added Crouton

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Egg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
cdu827 added Egg

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Bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
cdu827 added Bell pepper

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Avocado is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
cdu827 added Avocado

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Feta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
BeckyStephens added Feta

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Onion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients

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Bacon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients

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Chicken meat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
cdu827 added Chicken meat

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Red bell pepper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
BeckyStephens added Red bell pepper

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Heirloom Tomato is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
analise.dubner added Heirloom Tomato

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Nuts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
cdu827 added Nuts

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Mushroom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients

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Sunflower Seeds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
cdu827 added Sunflower Seeds

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Apple is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
cdu827 added Apple

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Chickpea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients

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Artichoke Hearts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
Clark Benson added Artichoke Hearts

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Broccoli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients

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Corn kernels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
cdu827 added Corn kernels

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Scampi Shrimp is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
hans.dekeulenaer added Scampi Shrimp

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Walnut is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
BeckyStephens added Walnut

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Almond is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
BeckyStephens added Almond

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Red onion is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
ChloeFletcher added Red onion

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Kidney beans is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
hans.dekeulenaer added Kidney beans

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Strawberries is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
BeckyStephens added Strawberries

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Steak is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
cdu827 added Steak

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Ham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
bojanthebest added Diced Ham

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Tuna is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
JohnBarnes added Tuna

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Ranch dressing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
PrestonScottOakley added Ranch dressing

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Frozen Peas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
goldmaster added Frozen Peas

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Pickled Beets is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
goldmaster added Pickled Beets Adds a wonderful 'zing' to any salad

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Cabbage is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
ChloeFletcher added Cabbage

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Diced Turkey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
bojanthebest added Diced Turkey

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Cranberry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
sneerKAT added Dried Cranberries

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Mandarin orange is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients

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Bean sprouts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
zxray added Bean Sprouts

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Club Crackers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
bojanthebest added Club Crackers

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Cauliflower is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
Scott H added Cauliflower

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Portabella mushroom is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
BeckyStephens added Portabella mushroom

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Kale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
Clark Benson added Kale

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Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
PrestonScottOakley added Barbecue

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Anchovy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Salad Ingredients
Clark Benson added Anchovy (in a Caesar)